Gladstone

Rated 4.90/5 based on 20 reviews
Jack Saunders just wants a new start after a messy divorce. He doesn't bargain on a wrong turn and a breakdown in the Arizona desert. A beautiful girl coming to his rescue on a classic Indian motorcycle might mean things are looking up. Or, they might be turning really strange in a town that time forgot, with friendly people willing to die for a cause ... to save a founder's statue More

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About John Miller

"You'll be Sorry!" is John Miller's first book. As a young boy John Miller was told he had a vivid imagination. He had some ideas that he wanted to put down on paper. He likes to share these images and stories in his head with his readers. John Miller writes as if you're sitting on the front porch drinking tea and He's telling you a story. John miller grew up in the small town of Oliver Springs Tennessee. His mother moved him there when he was 12 and he enjoyed growing up in a small community.

John Miller is an animal lover and it shows in his books.In his books there is some sort of animal whether it be a dog, coyote or horses. John miller has two rescue dogs that he loves very much. Snowball and Bryan were shelter dogs that he adopted and are a big part if his life. John Miller had an Idea of mixing old west and modern times thus the Gladstone series came about. He is really excited about the Gladstone series and the concept behind it. He hopes his readers enjoy reading the series as he had so much fun in writing it.

He just finished his first full length Novel. Its a western story called "Trail Dust." The book is about a Civil War veteran who leaves Tennessee in search of his brother. Along the way circumstance makes him a U.S. Marshal and he recruits some unlikely characters to help him.He's currently working on the third and final installment of the Gladstone series and it should be done some time later this year. He likes to write and share his ideas with friends, the public who want a little mystery,romance and of course action and adventure. John Miller hopes his readers like his imagination and characters he creates in his books.

Here is a review from "you'll be sorry".5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed July 9, 2013
By read-along-with-Sue
I couldn't sleep well last night due to the heat, so I picked up this short story.
The author John A Miller is a new author, very new to me. His style was superb, I loved the concept of the story and how it built very quickly, the characters in the book soon shot up to be real to me, and Herman, the dog. I could have read this book for longer as I had enjoyed it so much. The 'kick' in the book came suddenly which kept me enthralled, too short! I wanted more.

I downloaded this book when it was pointed out to be a freebie that day, so glad I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read his other books. Can I just say to, I have "met" the author on line, he's a lovely humble chap too. Please look out for his books, you won't regret it.

Here is an excerpt from "Trail Dust".
"I think you need to go outside and get some air, my friend."
"You're that marshal everyone is talking about. You would rather talk than fight."
"I like to keep the peace, you could say."
The man turned to the other men at the table. "He is a coward with a badge." He spat, hitting the floor an inch from Joshua's right boot. The other three men at the table laughed.
"I'm going to ask you again. Go outside and cool off."
The man stood there boring holes in Joshua with his eyes. Their eyes met for another moment until the man reached for his gun. Joshua drew his Colt from his left holster and pointed it at the man's chest. He froze and his eyes widened. The man sitting in the middle of the table started to stand slowly. Joshua drew his Colt from his right holster and pointed it at him, without taking his eyes off the man standing.
"There are four of us, and you have both guns spoke for." said a third man at the table. His face slid from smug to scared when he felt Anna's Schofield push against the back of his head. The man raised his hands slowly.
In closing he would like to say.
" Be proud of where you come from, because it will reflect on what you have become today

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Reviews

Review by: BS Johnson on Nov. 10, 2013 :
The way this author writes.....bravo! What a flair for adding in subtle clues and tying everything together at the end. This book had me turning page after page, when I should have been turning off the light!! I couldn't stop reading it. Well done, Mr. Miller. If you want a good story with the flair of the old West, this one's definitely for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Uvi Poznansky on Nov. 04, 2013 :
For someone humble enough to say that he does not consider himself an author, I was truly moved by John Miller's writing, which is natural, fast paced, and cinematic. The dialog flows, the characters are well fleshed out, the scenery is vividly painted, and I enjoyed the attention to detail in describing the journey, all of which is greatly informed by the author's unique experience as a truck driver. There is a firm sense of place, as evident by the name: Gladstone is the name of a seemingly nice, quiet little town, that presents the riddle for the main character, Jack Saunders.

He arrives there by accident, when he takes the wrong turn. I don't wish to give out spoilers here, but the story leaves a trail of clues, a bit here, a bit there at every twist and turn thereafter, pointing you in the right direction towards the solution of the riddle. Will you get there first, or will the end surprise you?

Five stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: ReGennia Lewis on Oct. 27, 2013 :
oh wow,, ok,, when i first started reading these books by John Miller, i was amazed that a short story can be such a great read, well this story was wonderful, John is a wonderful Story teller, i hope to see this one make it on the big Screen one day, all the people are so life like, and even after your finished reading your still thinking of the clues, and the what if's and wow, if there was a way to give more than 5 stars i so would.. just amazing the thought put into this story,, love it
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angie Merriam on Oct. 11, 2013 :
This is the third book I've read by John Miller and was not disappointed. Jack, recently divorced, takes to the road when he takes a wrong turn and finds himself stranded. When a beautiful woman on a motorcycle stops to help she takes him to Gladstone, a quiet town that time seems to have forgot. The descriptions are beautiful making the reader believe Gladstone is real and the characters are wonderfully written. The ending ties the story together yet leaves you wanting to read more. A fantastic quick read and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: debb lavoie on Sep. 20, 2013 :
Gladstone by John A. Miller
Published May 23, 2013
Smashwords Edition
ASIN: B00CYN76NU

Jack Saunders has just had a messy divorce, and is driving across the Arizona desert. He takes a wrong turn and finds himself broken down by the side of the road. A woman on a motorcycle, a very nice bike, takes him into Gladstone to get the part he needs. Gladstone is a nice, quiet, simple town, suspended in time. Jack finds himself drawn to the town’s people. Why does he feel so comfortable there? Gladstone is a fun little short story. I loved the scenery, and I could just picture the canyon, and the blue sky. The ending of this short story haunts me; I didn’t want it to end. Gladstone is perfect for a quick read, and I am already missing the town and its’ people. I really LOVED this story. I was given this e book in return for an honest review. debblovescoding@yahoo.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tom Murphy on Sep. 12, 2013 :
John is a great writer I have read everything he has published to date and can't wait for the next volume to be published. John adds character to his books and is always looking for different angles. After reading his books I wonder if I could write a good story but then I have to think there are 2 kinds of people those that write and those that read I am a better reader than a writer so keep up the great stories I will be looking forward to reading them
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Terry Eaton on Aug. 25, 2013 :
Wow what a book. I love how it sucks you in and has your imagination going crazy. I found myself thinking oh I have it figured out until the next chapter and the story twists in another direction that is so unexpected. And the ending I would never guessed it. This is the second book I have read from John and I have found an author that I truly enjoy reading. Thanks for writing a great book. Waiting for another one. Hurry and write one....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lee Hartman on Aug. 10, 2013 :
This book had me from the moment the beautiful girl rode up on the Indian motorcycle. I like the way John leaves subtle hints to coming events, and also the way some of the hints lead to an opposite result from where you thought they were headed! I can't wait for the next "Gladstone" novel to come out!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sue ward on Aug. 01, 2013 :
Let me start off by saying, I was gifted a short story from John Miller, I thoroughly enjoyed it. {I have a review on this blog]

I met a man named Jack in this story, he was looking for a fresh start. He took a wrong turn and ended up a little lost. Due to his car overheating he was in difficulties. Along came Susan. I could then see that Susan would feature quite a lot in Jack's life from then on. I wasn't wrong.

Its a clean story, a clean soft running "behind the scenes" romance. Nothing hot. Jack seems quite a laid back kind of character. To me, anyhow. Susan strikes me as quite feisty.

I live in the United Kingdom and never been outside of it, so Arizona and surrounding areas are not known to me or its way of life. Although Gladstone is a fictional place, its a place that seems to draw Jack in, over friendly, a kind of 'make yourself at home' type of thing. Living in the UK people are more suspicious of one another and takes ages for anyone to be accepted unless you have been brought up in that city/town, so was hard for me to get the grips of it being so over friendly and all so polite.

There is a twist in this story, I got lost at one point, but reading the other people reviews on Amazon.co.uk and .com I could see I where I missed out, I didn't get onto the wavelength at all.

This is a great well thought out storyline, John has the makings of a very successful author. I just would have liked it to be a little bit more upbeat, that is MY humble honest opinion.

Its well formatted, well edited, and I can see Johns thoughts and personality coming through on every page. I wish I knew more about Cowboy land, and horses and guns :) I am sure I would have 'got' it much more than I did.

That doesn't mean to say this is an awful book, quite the reverse, I'm not travelled so it was hard for me to grasp the unknown.

Thank you John for a lovely read. I just wish I could go and experience the 'open road' and get more light from other counties.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Hudson on July 25, 2013 :
I so enjoyed this book! It was interesting; exciting and I was involved in the story. I love how John always surprises me with endings. I am totally blown away by his imagination.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Tolmay on July 24, 2013 :
This is the First of John's books I read and I enjoyed it from cover to cover, I loved how he kept the reader guessing and had characters that you instantly liked (or disliked)

Definite 5 starts
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Renee Lange on July 08, 2013 :
This is the third story I've read from John Miller and they've all seemed to stump me. I've read a lot of books/stories and have usually figured out the end but I've loved how John is able to pull the reader in then at then pull a switch-a-roo. There were times I was right there with Jack and Susan. That's was a story is supposed to do. I can't wait to read the next story from John. A definite 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dave King on June 22, 2013 :
Jack Saunders, recently-divorced and "in search of a new beginning," takes a wrong turn on an obscure road in Arizona while enjoying the sights when his car suddenly overheats. Before long, an attractive young lady pulls up on a motorcycle to offer her assistance. It is from here Jack begins an adventure of a lifetime.

Gladstone is a strange but pleasant place where not only do the local folk treat Jack like he's a member of the family but so do much of the local wildlife. As I continued to read, I thought for sure that Gladstone was going to turn into some kind of fantasy-make-believe-land. I was not looking forward to frustratingly discover half-way through the book that what I thought was a contemporary tale of The Old West was going to turn into something akin to a young-adult escapist fantasy ride. Thankfully, what Gladstone ultimately turned out to be was a fairly-entertaining sci-fi/adventure story.

I liked following Jack and Susan, the young lady who came to his rescue, as their relationship grew from a casual friendship to something more romantic. I learned much more than I expected to learn about small firearms, mostly the Old West type. But the thing that I appreciate the most from reading Gladstone is being pleasantly-surprised at why the people -- and the wildlife -- of the valley were so darn peculiar.

Gladstone is an interesting read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stewart Bint on June 22, 2013 :
In Gladstone, John A. Miller shows his skill at developing his characters and their relationship, while teasing the reader with the wider plot...all the while building to a great climax and totally unexpected revelation.

This book posed a bit of a conundrum for me: I desperately wanted to get to the end to find out what the big secret was -- John lays down some fascinating clues with conversations between the townsfolk -- while on the other hand the story was so good I just didn't want it to end.

I hope this is the first of a series of books about the wonderful town of Gladstone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kathy russell on June 15, 2013 :
what a wonderful book. It is a place iI would love to visit.
The story and the people were seem so real. The twist and turns of the story kept my attention. I could not stop until i came to the end. then i wanted more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: walter vaughn on June 13, 2013 :
This is the best one John has wrote to date. He is getting better with each story he writes. I like Lucy the best she's my kind of girl. This one keeps your attention as you don't know what is going to happen next. Enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading more tales about GLADSTONE. Keep up the good work. 5 stars
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brian Giles on June 07, 2013 :
Just finished the book. It is the third and best of John A. Miller's works. This book has such a great plot that you don't know and can't figure out the ending till you are on the last page. This is unlike others I have read where by the middle you have the book figured out. In this work there is a new "twist" on the term "flashback" scene. I sure hope this becomes a triolgy of books as I am excited to see what is in store for the characters in the future. Gladstone deserves 5 + stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lissa Gressley on June 02, 2013 :
Did not know what to expect but received an amazingly wild ride. A book that will keep you guessing about what exactly is happening until the very end. Great characters, wonderful suspense with just enough mystery to keep you from putting the book down. Excellent work John. Can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sandra underwood on June 02, 2013 :
Gladstone what a book , it will peak your interest ,western style way of life with a flare of modern . You need to read the book and to meet diamond, and few other creatures. I didn't think the book would hold my interest but I would have to give cudos to the writer for having a imagination. Thanks John Miller.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary C. Findley on May 23, 2013 :
Jack Saunders is a nice guy who thinks he's found a nice town and a nice girl. But why are the townspeople checking up on him, seemingly spying on him? I think the reason they're so jealous of their secrets in this town will surprise you. I loved the amazing coincidence that brought this man to this town at this time. If you're looking for and old west-style code of honor town with cell phones and jet skis thrown in, come to Gladstone, You'll love the ride from the time you get on the back of that "Indian with the Indian."
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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